The St. James softball team wanted to do something special for football coach Mark Fischer.
Fischer, diagnosed last year with Multiple Myeloma, has returned from Duke Medical Center after a month of treatments. And while he hasn’t returned to his full-time role, back in Murrells Inlet in any capacity is a good sign.
On Monday, the softball team will wear special jerseys during a double-header against a pair of out-of-state teams. The jerseys, seen below, include the “Fist Up” logo created in the fall and have the football coach’s name across the back in place of the individual players’ names.
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“The girls love him,” softball coach Adam Jones said. “He’s a big supporter of all the sports, and he comes to watch softball a lot. This is completely their idea.”
The Sharks will play New Castle (Pa.) and Fairfax (Va.), with the first game set for a 5 p.m. start at Finway Park. Those two teams, in town for the Grand Strand Invitational, agreed to the added games.
In addition to the jerseys, all gate proceeds from the game will go toward Fischer’s growing medical costs. The team will be selling special rally towels at $5 each, with those profits going to Fischer as well.
“We’re not going to make $10,000 off it, but every little bit helps,” Jones said.
Fischer’s medical costs were estimated at mid-six figures between treatments both locally and at Duke. The continued support from the St. James community has taken a bit of the immediate edge off that total.
But the moral support, Fischer has said repeatedly, means much more than the money.
Monday will be another indication of that.